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Coding Blocks

Allen Underwood, Michael Outlaw, Joseph Zack

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The world of computer programming is vast in scope. There are literally thousands of topics to cover and no one person could ever reach them all. One of the goals of the Coding Blocks podcast is to introduce a number of these topics to the audience so they can learn during their commute or while cutting the grass. We will cover topics such as best programming practices, design patterns, coding for performance, object oriented coding, database design and implementation, tips, tricks and a who ...
 
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We take a peak into some of the challenges Twitter has faced while solving data problems at large scale, while Michael challenges the audience, Joe speaks from experience, and Allen blindsides them both. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode198. News Want to help us out? Leave us a review! The 20…
 
It’s that time of year where we’ve got money burning a hole in our pockets. That’s right, it’s time for the annual shopping spree. Meanwhile, Fiona Allen is being gross, Joe throws shade at Burger King, and Michael has a new character encoding method. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode197. Spo…
 
We gather around the watercooler to discuss the latest gossip and shenanigans have been called while Coach Allen is not wrong, Michael gets called out, and Joe gets it right the first time. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode196. News Want to help out the show? Leave us a review! It’s almost ti…
 
We wrap up Git from the Bottom Up by John Wiegley while Joe has a convenient excuse, Allen gets thrown under the bus, and Michael somehow made it worse. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode195. Sponsors Retool – Stop wrestling with UI libraries, hacking together data sources, and figuring out ac…
 
This episode, we learn more about Git’s Index and compare it to other version control systems while Joe is throwing shade, Michael learns a new command, and Allen makes it gross. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode194. News Want to help out the show? Leave us a review! Ludum Dare is a bi-annual…
 
It’s time to understand the full power of Git’s rebase capabilities while Allen takes a call from Doc Brown, Michael is breaking stuff all day long, and Joe must be punished. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode193. News Thanks for the review Itsamritchahal! Want to help out the show? Leave us a…
 
We are committed to continuing our deep dive into Git from the Bottom Up by John Wiegley, while Allen puts too much thought into onions, Michael still doesn’t understand proper nouns, and Joe is out hat shopping. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode192. News Thanks for the review Alex Woodhead! …
 
It’s surprising how little we know about Git as we continue to dive into Git from the Bottom Up, while Michael confuses himself, Joe has low standards, and Allen tells a joke. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode191. News Thanks for all the great feedback on the last episode and for sticking wit…
 
After working with Git for over a decade, we decide to take a deep dive into how it works, while Michael, Allen, and Joe apparently still don’t understand Git. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode190. News Thank you for the new reviews DisturbedMime and Gjuko! Want to help out the show? Leave us…
 
Once again, Stack Overflow takes the pulse of the developer community where we have all collectively decided to switch to Clojure, while Michael is changing things up, Joe is a future predicting trailblazer, and Allen is “up in the books”. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode189. News Thank you …
 
We’re going back in time, or is it forward?, as we continue learning about Google’s automation evolution, while Allen doesn’t like certain beers, Joe is a Zacker™, and Michael poorly assumes that UPSes work best when plugged in. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode188. Survey Says For your day j…
 
We explore the evolution of automation as we continue studying Google’s Site Reliability Engineering, while Michael, ah, forget it, Joe almost said it correctly, and Allen fell for it. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode187. News Thank you for the new reviews: ASobering, rupeshbende, Mnmbrane, …
 
We finished. A chapter, that is, of the Site Reliability Engineering book as Allen asks to make it weird, Joe has his own pronunciation, and Michael follows through on his promise. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode186. Sponsors Retool – Stop wrestling with UI libraries, hacking together data …
 
We haven’t finished the Site Reliability Engineering book yet as we learn how to monitor our system while the deals at Costco as so good, Allen thinks they’re fake, Joe hasn’t attended a math class in a while, and Michael never had AOL. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode185. Sponsors Retool – …
 
We say “toil” a lot this episode while Joe saw a movie, Michael says something controversial, and Allen’s tip is to figure it out yourself, all while learning how to eliminate toil. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode184. Sponsors Retool – Stop wrestling with UI libraries, hacking together data…
 
Welcome to the morning edition of Coding Blocks as we dive into what service level indicators, objectives, and agreements are while Michael clearly needs more sleep, Allen doesn’t know how web pages work anymore, and Joe isn’t allowed to beg. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode183. Sponsors Sho…
 
We learn how to embrace risk as we continue our learning about Site Reliability Engineering while Johnny Underwood talked too much, Joe shares a (scary) journey through his mind, and Michael, Reader of Names, ends the show on a dark note. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode182. Sponsors Retool …
 
It’s finally time to learn what Site Reliability Engineering is all about, while Jer can’t speak nor type, Merkle got one (!!!), and Mr. Wunderwood is wrong. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode181. Survey Says So, DevOps is a culture, but SRE is a job title? Take the survey at: https://www.codi…
 
We’re living through the tail end, maybe?, of the Great Resignation, so we dig into how that might impact software engineering careers while Allen is very somber, Joe’s years are … different, and Michael pronounces each hump. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode180. Sponsors Mergify – Save time …
 
We dive into what it takes to adhere to minimum viable continuous delivery while Michael isn’t going to quit his day job, Allen catches the earworm, and Joe is experiencing full-on Stockholm syndrome. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode179. Sponsors Shortcut – Project management has never been …
 
We have a retrospective about our recent Game Ja Ja Ja Jam, while Michael doesn’t know his A from his CNAME, Allen could be a nun, and Joe still wants to be a game developer. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode178. Sponsors Datadog – Sign up today for a free 14 day trial and get a free Datadog …
 
We wrap up our discussion of PagerDuty’s Security Training, while Joe declares this year is already a loss, Michael can’t even, and Allen says doody, err, duty. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode177. Sponsors Datadog – Sign up today for a free 14 day trial and get a free Datadog t-shirt after …
 
We’re pretty sure we’re almost done and we’re definitely all present for the recording as we continue discussing PagerDuty’s Security Training, while Allen won’t fall for it, Joe takes the show to a dark place, and Michael knows obscure, um, stuff. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode176. Sponso…
 
We continue our discussion of PagerDuty’s Security Training presentation while Michael buys a vowel, Joe has some buffer, and Allen hits everything he doesn’t aim for. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode175. Sponsors Datadog – Sign up today for a free 14 day trial and get a free Datadog t-shirt…
 
We’re taking our time as we discuss PagerDuty’s Security Training presentations and what it means to “roll the pepper” while Michael is embarrassed in front of the whole Internet, Franklin Allen Underwood is on a full name basis, and don’t talk to Joe about corn. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/epi…
 
With Game Ja-Ja-Ja-Jamuary coming up, we discuss what makes a game engine, while Michael’s impersonation is spot-on, Allen may really just be Michael, and Joe already has the title of his next podcast show at the ready. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode173. Sponsors Linode – Sign up for $100 …
 
We wrap up the discussion on partitioning from our collective favorite book, Designing Data-Intensive Applications, while Allen is properly substituted, Michael can’t stop thinking about Kafka, and Joe doesn’t live in the real sunshine state. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode172. Sponsors Dat…
 
We crack open our favorite book again, Designing Data-Intensive Applications by Martin Kleppmann, while Joe sounds different, Michael comes to a sad realization, and Allen also engages “no take backs”. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode171. Sponsors Datadog – Sign up today for a free 14 day tr…
 
The Mathemachicken strikes again for this year’s shopping spree, while Allen just realized he was under a rock, Joe engages “no take backs”, and Michael ups his decor game. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode170. Sponsors Datadog – Sign up today for a free 14 day trial and get a free Datadog t-…
 
We discuss the pros and cons of speaking at conferences and similar events, while Joe makes a verbal typo, Michael has turned over a new leaf, and Allen didn’t actually click the link. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode169. Sponsors Datadog – Sign up today for a free 14 day trial and get a fre…
 
Joe goes full shock jock, but only for a moment. Allen loses the "Most Tips In A Single Episode: 2021" award, and Michael didn't get the the invite notification in this week's episode. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode168. Sponsors Datadog – Sign up today for a free 14 day trial and get a fre…
 
Some things just require discussion, such as Docker’s new licensing, while Joe is full of it, Allen *WILL* fault them, and Michael goes on the record. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode167. Sponsors Datadog – Sign up today for a free 14 day trial and get a free Datadog t-shirt after creating y…
 
We step away from our microservices deployments to meet around the water cooler and discuss the things on our minds, while Joe is playing Frogger IRL, Allen “Eeyores” his way to victory, and Michael has some words about his keyvoard, er, kryboard, leybaord, ugh, k-e-y-b-o-a-r-d! The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codi…
 
We decide to dig into the details of what makes a microservice and do we really understand them as Joe tells us why we really want microservices, Allen incorrectly answers the survey, and Michael breaks down in real time. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode165. Stop by, check it out, and join t…
 
We dive into JetBrains’ findings after they recently released their State of the Developer Ecosystem for 2021 while Michael has the open down pat, Joe wants the old open back, and Allen stopped using the command line. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode164. Stop by, check it out, and join the c…
 
It’s time to take a break, stretch our legs, grab a drink, and maybe even join in some interesting conversations around the water cooler as Michael goes off script, Joe is very confused, and Allen insists that we stay on script. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode163. Stop by, check it out, and…
 
We wrap up our replication discussion of Designing Data-Intensive Applications, this time discussing leaderless replication strategies and issues, while Allen missed his calling, Joe doesn’t read the gray boxes, and Michael lives in a future where we use apps. If you’re reading this via your podcast player, you can find this episode’s full show not…
 
We continue our discussion of Designing Data-Intensive Applications, this time focusing on multi-leader replication, while Joe is seriously tired, and Allen is on to Michael’s shenanigans. For anyone reading this via their podcast player, this episode’s show notes can be at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode161, where you can join the conversatio…
 
We dive back into Designing Data-Intensive Applications to learn more about replication while Michael thinks cluster is a three syllable word, Allen doesn’t understand how we roll, and Joe isn’t even paying attention. For those that like to read these show notes via their podcast player, we like to include a handy link to get to the full version of…
 
We couldn’t decide if we wanted to gather around the water cooler or talk about some cool APIs, so we opted to do both, while Joe promises there’s a W in his name, Allen doesn’t want to say graph, and Michael isn’t calling out applets. For all our listeners that read this via their podcast player, this episode’s show notes can be found at https://w…
 
We talk about the various ways we can get paid with code while Michael failed the Costco test, Allen doesn’t understand multiple choice questions, and Joe has a familiar pen name. This episode’s show notes can be found at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode158, where you can join the conversation, for those reading this via their podcast player. S…
 
We discuss all things APIs: what makes them great, what makes them bad, and what we might like to see in them while Michael plays a lawyer on channel 46, Allen doesn’t know his favorite part of the show, and Joe definitely pays attention to the tips of the week. For those reading this episode’s show notes via their podcast player, you can find this…
 
We discuss the parts of the scrum process that we’re supposed to pay attention to while Allen pronounces the m, Michael doesn’t, and Joe skips the word altogether. If you’re reading this episode’s show notes via your podcast player, just know that you can find this episode’s show notes at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode156. Stop by, check it o…
 
During today’s standup, we focus on learning all about Scrum as Joe is back (!!!), Allen has to dial the operator and ask to be connected to the Internet, and Michael reminds us why Blockbuster failed. If you didn’t know and you’re reading these show notes via your podcast player, you can find this episode’s show notes in their original digital glo…
 
We dig into recursion and learn that Michael is the weirdo, Joe gives a subtle jab, and Allen doesn’t play well with others while we dig into recursion. This episode’s show notes can be found at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode154, for those that might be reading this via their podcast player. Sponsors Datadog – Sign up today for a free 14 day …
 
It’s been a minute since we last gathered around the water cooler, as Allen starts an impression contest, Joe wins said contest, and Michael earned a participation award. For those following along in their podcast app, this episode’s show notes can be found at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode153. Sponsors Datadog – Sign up today for a free 14 d…
 
We dig into all things Python, which Allen thinks is pretty good, and it’s rise in popularity, while Michael and Joe go toe-to-toe over a gripe, ahem, feature. We realize that you _can_ use your podcast player to read these notes, but if you didn’t know, this episode’s show notes can be found at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode152. Check it out…
 
We step back to reflect on what we learned from our first game jam, while Joe’s bathroom is too close and Allen taught Michael something (again). Stop squinting to read this via your device’s podcast player. This episode’s show notes can be found at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode151, where you can join the conversation. Sponsors Datadog – Sig…
 
We discuss all things open-source, leaving Michael and Joe to hold down the fort while Allen is away, while Joe’s impersonations are spot on and Michael is on a first name basis, assuming he can pronounce it. This episode of the Coding Blocks podcast is about the people and organizations behind open-source software. We talk about the different ince…
 
We start off the year discussing our favorite developer tools of 2020, as Joe starts his traditions early, Allen is sly about his résumé updates, and Michael lives to stream. For those that read the show notes via their podcast player and find themselves wondering where they can find these show notes on their computer, the answer is simple: https:/…
 
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